My cell rings, and I’m greeted by Tan Nguyen. Yes, Democrat turned Republican Congressional candidate in the 47th Tan Nguyen.
He called me to tell me that I needed to stop vandalizing his signs.
“Look, Mr. Nguyen,” I said,Â “I know that you are spending vast amounts of your own money on this campaign, and you’re probably pissed that people are writing all over the signs, but I’ve never touched one of your signs.”
I ended up having a 20-minute conversation with Mr. Nguyen about his efforts in the 47th, and I thought that I had convinced him that I wasn’t the one responsible for the damaged signs. I am only documenting it.
“I write a blog about local progressive politics,” I told him. “You’re a politician running for local office, and you’ve got this problem. I’m going to write about it. And since there’s an (R) next to you’re name, I’m going to poke a little fun too.”
Mr. Nguyen said that he has a lot of supporters that are “passionate” and he would “hate to see anyone get hurt.”
I laughed a little, because I knew that the next sentence out of my mouth was going to sound a lot like something from a John Grisham novel: “Are you threatening me?”
The conversation ended by Tan reminding me to stop vandalizing his signs.
“You’re barking up a fruitless tree,” I said’ not too sure if that was a real clich.
“Well Mike, people have been telling me that you’re the one responsible,” said Nguyen.
“Well Tan, a lot of people have been calling you a racist.”
Mr. Nguyen laughed and thanked me for taking his call. He was rather polite, had answers to all the questions I asked (including a couple on immigration, and his sudden Republicaness).
I’m still wondering what he meant by “I’d hate to see anyone get hurt.”
UPDATE: I wanted to add a little bit of Tan Nguyen news that I just got from someone in the know. This someone told me that Tan called up State Senate candidate Lou Correa today and asked that they duel endorse one another.
Nguyen supposedly told Lou that if he changed his endorsement from Loretta to him, he’d help deliver the Vietnamese vote.
I’m told that Lou scoffed, laughed it off and politely declined.
Tan’s response was to say that he’d now go to Lynn Daucher to seek her endorsement and deliver the Vietnamese vote to her.
Can Tan really claim to be able to deliver the Vietnamese vote?